When I was finished the couture embroidery class for the day in Lyon, I was taking in the sights, sounds and tasty delights of the city. Being in the food capital of the world was a good perk of the trip.
It’s easier going down than it is going up. Hundreds of tiny steps lead up to the viewpoint but passing through the orchards on the way back was a nice reward.
I am not usually an architecture enthusiast but the details were pretty and good inspiration for embroidery and beading designs.
Back down to ground level, Lyon is mix of old and new with some areas retaining the old architecture, cobblestones, small and quirky shops and patisseries. It was the romantic and historical France they reference so much in the movies.
I also had time to visit two museums. The first was the Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratif who were displaying 130 unique costumes from the Lyon Opera Productions. There was no English translation for the descriptions but they were still pretty to look at.
The first section was historical costume which then led to a large room of contemporary costume. The Leigh Bowery influenced costumes were a particular favourite.
Of course a few dramatic pieces were included. One piece took advantage of the high ceilings and towered above the display.
The end of the exhibition went through the making of a costume from sketch to finished piece.
From large and dramatic to small and miniature, I visited the Musée Cinéma et Miniature. This really changed my perspective on film. I didn’t realise how many small scale models were used in cinema.
The entrance to the museum had little windows looking into miniature rooms that were made to the finest detail.
And I just had to take a picture of the the miniature bridal lingerie and corsets that even had a miniature garter.
There were also props, miniatures, costumes and prosthetics from a lot of famous movies.
I fit in a little shopping and Carrie Bradshop was, by far, my favourite. This small but plentiful Sex & The City themed vintage shop had everything but the accessory wall was the most impressive.
I found this great African decorated skirt but, alas, it was too small. But then I found this heart decorated belt from the 80’s which I have worn with everything.
And then there was the food. My god the food! Bouchon, which are spread across the city, are a Lyonnaise way of eating which focuses on the atmosphere as much as the food. They are a mix of a bar and a restaurant. I sampled a few at the beginning which were food heaven but once I was familiar with the Lyon, I wanted to eat where the locals eat.
First, I looked up the best crepe in town and it didn’t disappoint. La Creperie Du Major served the best crepe I have ever tasted.
Not far from there, I found the Croque Monsieur from Crock N Roll. Good music, tasty salad and great value.
And finally, the Patisseries. Wow. I will miss my daily macaroon and morning pastries.
There was an abundance of pink throughout the city which I loved (I’m sure you know by now that I love pink). A Lyonnaise speciality, the pink pralines, were in every bakery window.